Yonder Alonso’s Walk-Off Home Run

I woke up early and watched CBS Sunday Morning.  I was interested in the segment on Dick Cavett.  At age 80, he was getting old and tired of maintaining that big house of his, which he wanted to sell for $60 million.  I saw Serena Altschul on the show for the first time in a while.  I wondered what Bill Geist was doing.  I discovered that my cell phone was messed up with a cracked screen, and I thought about whether it was worth salvaging.  I hate having to think about these things.  I took the buses out to the Fruitvale BART station, listening to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on the way.  I got to the Coliseum and stood in line to get the Holy Toledo shirt that was the day’s giveaway.  I went over to the food trucks and bought teriyaki chicken, and then some mint chocolate chip frozen custard.  I went to my seat and fell asleep for a while.  Jharel Cotton was pitching this game that Sonny Gray was originally scheduled to pitch, and Cotton didn’t prove that he was ready for the major leagues with this game.  We heard a recording of Huey Lewis and the News singing the national anthem.  Cotton gave up a home run on the second pitch of the game.  After a ground out and a strikeout, Cotton allowed a double and then another home run, putting the Twins ahead, 3-0.  The excitement from the walk-off win the night before seemed to have completely dissipated at that point.  Cotton got five consecutive outs, so he did have a clean second inning.  However, he allowed a walk and a single, so that a sacrifice fly made the score 4-0.  During those first three innings, the A’s couldn’t score any runs, as they got singles from Jed Lowrie and Jaycob Brugman, and nothing else.  In the fourth inning, Cotton gave up three consecutive singles, followed by a walk.  That sequence didn’t produce a run for the Twins because Bruce Maxwell had thrown out the first runner trying to steal second base.  However, after a strikeout, Cotton gave up another walk to give the Twins another run.  Bob Melvin had seen enough and brought in Simon Castro, who got the last out on one pitch.  Things weren’t looking too enough with the 5-0 score, but the A’s did make a reply in the bottom of the fourth inning.  After Lowrie made an out, Khris Davis and Yonder Alonso both doubled, making the score 5-1, and after Ryon Healy singled, Bruce Maxwell hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Alonso for a 5-2 score.  Castro got into a bit of a jam with two outs in the fifth inning when he allowed a walk and a single, but he got the third out on a fly ball to center.  In the bottom of the inning, the A’s scored again with a Brugman home run.  Lowrie would get a double with two outs, but Khris Davis grounded out.  Simon Castro had a clean inning in the sixth with some help from Khris Davis, who made a good catch before he collided into the left field wall.  Castro’s ERA decreased from 3.86 to 2.57.  In the Big Head race, Rickey Henderson won.  Rollie Fingers looked incapable of winning.  Why haven’t we been seeing Rollie on the field before games as of late?  Liam Hendriks gave up a single with one out in the top of the seventh inning, and a stolen base with two outs made things a little uncomfortable, but then Liam got the third out on a ball hit to centerfield.  In the bottom of the inning, Chapman singled, and he went to second base when Matt Joyce walked with one out, but then Marcus Semien struck out, and Lowrie made the third out when he swung at a 3-0, and it was an out in left field.  Santiago Casilla pitched the top of the eighth inning, and it was a clean inning with the help of Khris Davis, who made another good catch.  In the bottom of the inning, Khris Davis hit a fly ball that was just short of a home run in right field so that it was an out.  Yonder Alonso struck out, but then Healy walked on four pitches.  Rajai Davis, the hero of Saturday night, singled.  Chapman came through with a double, tying the score at 5-5.  Brugman wasn’t able to bring in Chapman, striking out.  I saw myself briefly on the big scoreboard video screen.  My hair was a mess.  Blake Treinen came into the game in the top of the ninth.  He got a strikeout but then allowed a walk.  After a wild pitch, he got a ground ball to the left side.  Instead of throwing to first base, Chapman tagged the runner mistakenly trying to move to third base.  Treinien then struck out the next batter for the third out.  In the bottom of the ninth inning, Matt Joyce hit a double on a 3-2 pitch, apparently giving a great chance to win the game.  However, Marcus Semien struck out on three pitches, Jed Lowrie hit a ball to centerfield that was caught, and Khris Davis also struck out, so we were headed to extra innings.  Ryan Dull pitched the top of the tenth inning.  He got the first two batters out, and then he gave up a walk.  After a stolen base, the fourth batter hit a foul ball that was headed for the front of the A’s dugout.  Chapman caught the ball, and then he jumped over Gatorade coolers into the dugout, and he was able to stay there and take a seat, because that was the third out.  The A’s started inning well when Yonder Alonso singled in the bottom of the tenth.  Ryon Healy and then Ryan Lavarnway struck out.  A passed ball put Alonso at second base, but then Chapman struck out on a 3-2 pitch for the last out.  Josh Smith took the mound for the top of the eleven inning.  It wasn’t quite a clean inning because of a double with two outs, but Smith did get two strikeouts.  The bottom of the eleventh inning started with a single from Brugman, but then Matt Joyce, Marcus Semien, and Jed Lowrie all made outs.  The top of the twelfth inning was a clean one for Josh Smith, with Yonder Alonso involved in each of the three outs.  The bottom of the twelfth inning started with Khris Davis fouling off several pitches before striking out.  Yonder Alonso came up to bat and finally put an end to this game with a walk-off home run.  The final score was 6-5.  The game had started at 1:07 with a game time temperature of 68 degrees, and it ended at 5:13.  The attendance was 16,790.  I didn’t see Falcon McFalconface anywhere, as one seagull came close to being hit by a ball while Khris Davis was at bat.  We heard some Bill King highlights.  I was at three of the games: the last day of the 2000 season, the 20th consecutive win in 2002, and the Ramon Hernandez walk-off bunt in 2003.  I left the stadium as quickly as I could.  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played songs from some of the best albums of 2017, so it was like last week’s show, but with the addition of Chris Stapleton.  I watched part of Columbo and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.  I woke up this morning to hear the sad news that Jeanne Moreau had died at age 89.  Just last week I bought the Blu-ray disc of “Jules and Jim.”  Some of the people who died on July 31 include Andrew Johnson (1875), Franz Liszt (1886), Mary See (1939), Jim Reeves (1964), Bud Powell (1966), Bobby Van (1980), Mitch Miller (2010), and Gore Vidal (2012).  Today is a birthday for Wesley Snipes (55) and Mark Cuban (59).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for July 31, a Rolling Stones concert in Ireland in 1964 was halted after 12 minutes because of a riot.  In 1971, James Taylor had the Number One single, “You’ve Got a Friend.”  In 1987, the James Bond film “The Living Daylights” with Timothy Dalton was released in the United States.  In 1992, “Death Becomes Her,” starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis, was released.

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